Title: Crazy Beautiful Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Number Of Pages: 192 Publication Date: September 7th, 2009
Synopsis from back of book: I would give a lot to see that smile again, directed at me. It may not be much, but I would give up everything I’ve got.
In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew off his arms. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make a difference to her at all.
But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.
A modern retelling of Beauty and The Beast, Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s Crazy Beautiful strips away the original tale to get to its essence, revealing truth about forgiveness, redemption, and the power of love.
Review: Crazy Beautiful was an okay read for me. I mean, it was good but nothing I would run to the bookstore to buy. The characters had depth and were interesting, but I just thought that the story was a little too short. I would have liked to know more about the supporting characters rather than know everything about Aurora and Lucius, I mean it is nice to know a lot about characters but Lauren gave a little too much information. I liked the romance part of the book though. I thought the relationship was well developed. Aurora and Lucius’ relationship was well developed, but they’re relationships with other characters were not developed enough. Overall, it was a good book, but not the greatest book I have ever read.
I recommend this book if you like romance, Beauty and The Beast, and young adult novels.